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Carl D. Behrensmeyer

Carl Dietrich Behrensmeyer
Contractor and Built Salem Church

    Charles Dietrich Behrensmeyer, 89, who was the oldest living grocer in Quincy, died Monday afternoon at 5:30 o'clock in his home, 1001 1/2 State street. (July 18, 1927) He had not been well for three years, and for a week his condition has been serious.
  Mr. Behrensmeyer was born in Eidinghausen, Regierungs-bezirk, Presu-Minden, Prussia, Europe on December 31, 1837 or January 1, 1839. He emigrated to the United States with his mother, arriving in New Orleans on November 15, 1857. They came directly to Quincy.
  After farming for several years, he engaged in the carpenter contracting business. Among the buildings he put up was Salem Evangelical Church at Ninth and State Streets, and he was the last of the contractors associated in the building of that church. He also built a number of residences in South Quincy.
  In June of 1881, Mr. Behrensmeyer started a grocery store at 1001 State street and was active in the management of the business until seven years ago, when he retired and turned the business over to his sons, Charles and Frank Behrensmeyer, who are now in charge.
  In the days when horse and wagon was the favorite method of transportation, Mr. Behrensmeyer's store had a large wagon yard in the rear, where farmers were welcome to leave their teams, and which was a congregating place for hundred. Here there was a friendly interchange of conversation and many trades were consummated.
  For many years, Mr. Behrensmeyer was active in the I.O.O.F. lodge and twice held all of the office in rotation. At the expiration of fifty years of membership, the grand lodge presented him a gold medal. He was one of the oldest members of Salem church and had always been active in its work. He was a member of Salem Brotherhood, of the Greenmount Cemetery Board and the Golden Rule Lodge of Rebekahs.
  Mr. Behrensmeyer and Miss Wilhelmina Caroline Becker were married on February 26, 1861 or April 27, 1862. Caroline was born on March 3, 1836 in Eidinghausen, Prussia, Europe. She also arrived in New Orleans on November 15, 1857, as they traveled on the same ship from Europe. The wife died November 2, 1911. Their son, Edward died September 25, 1905 and a son, Charles, died in infancy.
  Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Henry Thesen, Mrs. Henry Dremann and Mrs. George Zoller; two sons, Charles and Frank Behrensmeyer; and a sister, Mrs. Fredericka Niewohner. There are two grandchildren, Ruthe Caroline and Dorothy Behrensmeyer; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Mary Behrensmeyer, and sister-in-law, Mrs. Augusta Behrensmeyer.
  The Behrensmeyer family is buried in Block #1 Lot 37.
  The following information is taken from headstones:

BEHRENSMEYER, Charles D. 1837-1927
Caroline his wife 1836-1911
THESEN, Henry 1866-1953
Clara (Behrensmeyer) 1865-1950
DREMANN, Henry L. 1865-1946
Bertha A. (Behrensmeyer) 1867-1940
BEHRENSMEYER, Frank 1875-1944
Lillie 1875-1959
ZOLLER, George 1867-1931
Minnie (Behrensmeyer) 1869-1940
DISTELHORST, Ruth B. (died in June of 1973)
    She is buried on this purchase, but has no stone.

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